The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares in the growing concern across the world about the Ebola virus and is monitoring the situation carefully. Below is an update on how the Church is responding.
In Sierra Leone, the Church is working with International Medical Corps to provide a local hospital with medical clothing and supplies to help care for patients. The Church continues to work through recognized relief organizations and on-the-ground partners to help communities in need.
Church members in all areas are being encouraged to follow the health guidelines and recommendations given by local health officials.
In Sierra Leone and Liberia, the Church has provided its members with sanitation supplies, along with basic instruction materials that help teach sanitation. The Church has provided a two-month supply of food to members, some of whom are in quarantined areas, and to others in need. In many cases, members have shared these food supplies with extended family and neighbors.
Many members have also volunteered their own time to help spread awareness of proper sanitation practices throughout communities.
Missionary safety is a top priority. In areas where there is an increased potential for cases of Ebola, the Church has asked mission presidents to train missionaries in precautions they should take to avoid and prevent the spread of the disease. These include common sense measures and also more specific guidelines about contact with other people, symptoms to watch for and how to avoid situations with higher risk. The Church will continue to work with mission leaders and local members to evaluate these circumstances and, when necessary, will take steps to further protect missionaries from areas where their safety is in question.